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Archive | February, 2010

Current Page Calls From Scrap N’ Art Magazine

Scrap N’ Art magazine has shared with Scrapbook Update their current page calls:

Scrap n’ Art is looking for the following for our May/June 2010 issue. Each person who submits a project will be eligible for a FREE subscription to Scrap n’ Art!  We would love to see your layouts, cards and altered items! Please send us your previously unpublished creations. Think outside the box and show us what you’ve got! Submit as many projects as you would like to any or all of the categories below:

  • Princess/Prince – They sparkle and shine and are the center of attention! Show us your projects about the Prince or Princess in your life.
  • Scrap Your Space – We want to see where you call your creative home! Send us your layouts about your scrap space!
  • Make A Splash! – Hot weather calls for some cool refreshment! What do you do to cool off?
  • Here Comes the Bride! – June is the traditional wedding month. Show us how you have captured this special event!
  • Summer Sports - Time to get out and enjoy the sun! What summer activities do you enjoy the most? We’d love to see!

Submission Deadline : March 15, 2010

IMPORTANT: You must follow our submission instructions & guidelines or be subject to rejection.

Email submissions and questions to submissions@scrapnart.com

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Wilton Makes Chairman Permanent CEO

Wilton Brands Inc. announced today that Chairman of the Board and interim CEO Jerry Levin has been appointed as the company’s permanent CEO. Levin will also continue as the company’s Chairman.

Levin has been interim CEO since Wilton’s previous CEO, Richard Conti, resigned in October 2009 shortly after a settlement with the company’s creditors kept it out of bankruptcy court but placed it under new ownership.

Wilton is the parent of scrapbook brands EK Success, K & Company and Martha Stewart Crafts.

Mr. Levin had this to say about his new role at the company: “Since serving as Chairman and interim Chief Executive Officer I have been impressed with Wilton, and its great products, brands, and people. I am enthusiastic about the opportunities that exist at Wilton. I am looking forward to working with the Board and the Company’s employees to continue Wilton’s successes.”

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A Look at Club Scrap (and a giveaway!)

It started back in June 1999, and today continues to grow and expand. I’m talking of course about Club Scrap, a kit club that creates coordinated scrapbook product kits and ships them around the world to members each month. While the kits vary widely in colors and themes, Club Scrap has a very steady style. So if you enjoy their look, you’re sure to be pleased each month.

Their kit club is similar to others in that each month you’ll receive a boxed kit of product that coordinates. What makes Club Scrap different is that not only do they produce most of their own exclusive designs, but they also have a wide variety of subscription options available to suit different crafters’ needs. The traditional “club scrap” membership includes the monthly kit, and then members also get to choose a “side” (or add-on) kit. The company says that members save over 55% off the retail price of product with this membership. Then they also have a “lite” membership, a “digital” membership, and a “stamping” membership available to fit other crafting needs.

I was sent this kit from a few months ago to work with, and what struck me first about it was how it was set up to create quick & easy pages. A colorful magazine was included as well as layout sketches. Club Scrap’s Assembly Line Scrapbooking is a part of the membership, and is very popular with members. The instructions are easy and clear for recreating layouts with the kit.

In my scrapbooking travels, I have always heard positive things about service and quality from Club Scrap customers. I asked Karen Poirier-Brode, a long-time subscriber, to tell me what she likes about Club Scrap. She had this to say:

I like the assembly line scrapbooking they offer… and the technique videos are wonderful springboards to creativity. The stamps are very high quality and I like the stencils – they are fun for backgrounds and embellishments.

Purchasing Club Scrap and Club Scrap Jr. and side orders is a bit costly though I think I get GREAT value for the money. Of course, I’m a nut about kits in general but this is a very good one.

In looking over this kit and their site I see several strong reasons a person would enjoy a membership and benefit from it:

  • Significant savings. Get more product for your dollar
  • Exclusive product. No worry about getting duplicates of items.
  • Inspiration. Sketches and instructions come with each kit.
  • Community. Online forums provide help and a community of scrapbookers.
  • Flexibility. Crafters get both 8 1/2 x 11 and 12 x 12 patterned paper in a kit.
  • Customer service. Club Scrap has a reputation for excellent service.

I suggest looking over past kits to get a feel for their style, as well as reviewing the terms & conditions for membership for Club Scrap (or for any kit club you might be considering) before deciding if it is for you.

Club Scrap may not be the right kit club for everyone, but they certainly do offer enough options to be widely appealing. They are a strong and well-respected club for good reason.

Think Club Scrap might be for you? Would you like to try it out? One lucky reader will win the kit that we’ve featured in the images in this article. It’s the June 2009 Club Scrap kit and embellishment pack, supplied courtesy of Club Scrap.

All you have to do is leave a comment on this entry before Midnight U.S. eastern time on Tuesday, March 2nd. (Note: If you are reading this post via an email or RSS subscription, click where it says “A Look at Club Scrap” and it will take you to the giveaway’s entry on the  Scrapbook Update website where you can fill out the comment form at the bottom of the article to enter. You must comment on this particular giveaway article for your entry to count.) Make sure you include your email address in the line reserved for it on the comment form. For your own protection, don’t put it in the body of the comment, where it will be visible to the public – just in the line labeled “email” in the form where only Scrapbook Update staff can see it. You will need it to verify your identity if you are a winner. Winners will be drawn by random drawing from all eligible entries. One entry per person.

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Paperclipping Roundtable #8: Tools & Lain, Are You There?

Paperclipping Roundtable episode #8 is available for download! This week the panel consisted of me, Noell Hyman, Lain Ehmann, and Renee Pearson, and we talked all about our favorite (and least favorite) tools!

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To listen to this week’s episode, you can use the player embedded above [may not be visible to email subscribers], visit the Paperclipping Roundtable web page or to make things easy, you can use this link:

Subscribe for free to Paperclipping Roundtable on iTunes

That link will open in iTunes and take you to the subscribe page, and then you can click on the “subscribe” button.

Subscribing in iTunes is the best way to support Paperclipping Roundtable. Using iTunes is free, and subscribing is free. (If you don’t know how to use iTunes to subscribe, you can watch a video here that shows you how.)

The Contest

We announced in the show that we’re starting a contest. The prize is a chance for you to be on the Paperclipping Roundtable as a guest panelist. Wouldn’t that be fun?

Here’s how to enter (this is available to anyone):

1. Write your own opinion about a topic we’ve discussed in any episode of the Paperclipping Roundtable and post it online somewhere. This could be on your blog or in a forum. (Make sure you link back to the Papercliping Roundtable episode that had the topic you’re discussing to ensure you qualify.) Note: while we like reading reviews about the show help us to improve it, we are not looking for reviews of the show for this contest.

2. Add a comment on this blog post letting us know you wrote about the Roundtable, and include a link to what you wrote — so we can see it.

3. Wait for us to select our favorite reviews and choose someone to be on the show.

It’s that easy. We can’t wait to read what you write. And we’re thrilled to have one of you on the show with us!

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Pink Paislee Starts “Creative Lifestyle” Magazine

Pink Paislee has recently made available for download on its website the debut issue of its new quarterly publication Live Pink, which it is describing as a “creative lifestyle magazine”.

The publication is edited by Crystal Jeffrey Rieger. Contributing Designers are listed as Jennifer Beason, Erin Terrell Clarkson, Roree Rumph, and Nicole Samuels. In the debut issue, there is also the sketch article credited to Valerie Salmon, as well as a profile of Janet Hopkins (of House of 3).

The premiere issue is 16 pages in pdf form. Subtracting out a couple of full-page ads for other companies, the cover and the table of contents, there are about a dozen pages of editorial content in the magazine. The intended regular features appear to include columns about sketches and budget scrapbooking.

The issue, intended to cover the first quarter of 2010, shows on page 4 the collections which were released at CHA Summer 2009 as “in stores now”. A separate listing inside the front cover shows the three collections that were shown at CHA Winter 2010 and which Pink Paislee plans to ship in March.

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